ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Famine Deaths in China

of socialism, if the workers choose to drift to other pastures such as are tended by a Datta Samant or an R J Mehta, could it be that these failures, at least in part, are on account of some problems which are internal to the Left movement? Could it be that premises that were relevant thirty years ago are no longer relevant, or not so to the same extent today? Could it be that, in the context of the medieval order which continues, by and large, to prevail in the heartland of the country, the modalities of communication which the Left is wont to use are a dud, and other instruments deserve to be tried out? Could it be the package of programmes and slogans with which the middle classes are approached, and the ordinal ranking the Left accords to these programmes and slogans, have little custom, because, in the light of their experience of daily living, the constituents of the middle classes arc not at all convinced of their immediate relevance or validity? Could it be that the extra lustre of courage and initiative, which has been the hall-mark of the Left movement all over the world at least for the past one century, has of late begun to pall in this country? Could it be that the Left has been somewhat unprepared to cope with the realities of the assumption of administrative responsibility, in isolation, in states like Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura within the framework of the feudal- capitalist set-up?

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